Samsung unveils the Galaxy Tab 7.7 – a very cool tablet/phone hybrid

Samsung GALAXY Tab 7.7 Product Image (1).jpgIt is a big day at IFA in Berlin today with lots of the big consumer electronics unveiling new products. First off is Samsung which has taken the wraps off a slew of new products this morning.

Probably the most high profile is the latest version of its Galaxy Tablet PC – the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7. It is a 7inch tablet that can also handle phone and video calls. In many ways it is like a big mobile more than a tablet. It is also very highly specified.

Like all tablet makers it has been looking for a USP to get one over the iPad and this time Samsung has gone for supercharging the screen. The Galaxy Tab 7.7 is the world’s first tablet to feature the a Super AMOLED Plus display. The company claims that the Super AMOLED Plus display allows for a wider range of colours with greater separation between lights and darks, making images incredibly vivid.

The tablet’s other USP is that it is incredibly thin (7.89mm) and light (335 grams) which apparently makes it even more pocket-friendly.

There are a couple of other iPad busting features on board too in that is also very fast with a state of the art 1.4GHz dual core processor on board and it is compatible with the HSPA+ 21 Mbps mobile phone network (the fastest version of 3G available in Europe) for quicker uploads and downloads.

Other features include 10 hours of video playback battery life,a three mega pixel camera, the latest version of Android – 3.2 Honeycomb OS – on board and support MicroSD cards of up to 32GB, 1080p high definition video playback and access to Samsung’s hub services which includes games, eBooks, music and more.

No news yet on price, launch date or whether Apple is thinking about taking out an injunction to stop it going on sale.

Full Specifications are

7.7″ [2] 1280×800 (WXGA), Super AMOLED Plus
1.4GHz Dual Core application processor
HSPA+ 21Mbps 850/900/1900/2100
EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900
16/32/64GB movi NAND + microSD (up to 32GB)
Camera / Flash
3MP AF LED (Main) + 2MP FF (Front)
Wireless Connectivity
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4GHz & 5GHz), 802.11n WiFi Ch. Bonding, WiFi Direct,
BT v3.0, USB 2.0 Host
MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV, DivX, Xvid (1080p FullHD video @ 30fps)
Dimension, Weight
196.7x 133 x 7.89mm, 335g
Battery capacity
5,100 mAh
Android Honeycomb 3.2v
Messaging & SNS
Social Hub (Integrated phonebook with SNS, IM, E-mail)
Google Maps (Turn-by-turn Navi.)
Enterprise Solutions
EAS IT Policy, MDM (Sybase Afaria), VPN (Cisco/F5), ODE (On device encryption), Cisco WebEx
Other Services & Applications
Android Market/ Samsung Apps
Readers/Music/Game/Social Hub (Availability differs by region)
Universal Remote Control
PC Applications
Samsung Kies, Kies Air

Ashley Norris


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